Intercalated BSc Projects

Intercalated BSc Scheme

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Some medical students choose to interrupt their training to study for an intercalated BSc honours degree by completing a research project (known as Scheme B). This allows them to gain knowledge of topics which fall beyond the scope of the medical curriculum and to acquire skills relevant to a career in academic medicine or research. Each year, several students choose to undertake a research project in Cardiovascular Sciences. 


Some Student Comments:

"Despite warnings from many people, I assumed the BSc would be a nice break from the intense nature of medicine however, I was mistaken. It turned out to be the toughest yet most rewarding year of medical school which involved long days, sleepless nights and travelling to Florida to present at a conference."

"My research project was about injury epidemiology. I assessed risk factors and novel prevention methods for cycling injuries. It was an amazing opportunity for me to learn and apply principles about research. I would recommend it to anyone who is considering doing an intercalated BSc!"

"My year spent in the Cardiovascular department has been a very exciting and enjoyable one. I have had the opportunity to not only conduct clinical research but also to get involved in other aspects of the work involved. I have also managed to gain not only research experience but also develop my clinical and communication skills. In addition to this, the department provided me with all the support I needed whilst providing a very enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere for me to work in."

"I have absolutely no regrets in choosing to do a BSc and I would highly recommend a cardiovascular BSc to any other medical student. I was fortunate enough to go to two international conferences and present my work. The year has shown me that I enjoy research and would like to do some as part of my career."

"Doing the BSc has been the best decision of my life and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in research."

Current Projects:

  • Comparison of tissue factor expression in adult and foetal endothelial cells in response to inflammatory cytokines.
  • Altered arterial contractile desensitization in hyperglycaemia.
  • Investigating the effect of telomere length on endothelial function and atherogenesis.
  • Searching for a cause of premature myocardial infarction: a link between biological age and thrombosis?
  • What is the role of the nociceptin system in experimental sepsis?
  • Coupling of MOP (mu) and NOP (nociceptin) opioid receptors to MAP Kinase.
  • Functional analysis of the coronary artery disease associated KIAA1462 gene using CRISPR mediated genome editing.
  • Retinal Abnormalities in Schizophrenia as a Biomarker for Schizophrenia.
  • A comparison of mycocardial strain assessed by feature tracking and myocardial tissue tagging on MRI to predict left ventricular remodelling after STEMI.
  • Trans-cutaneous oximetry in emergency care.
  • Investigating the relationship between a novel sudden cardiac death risk marker, autonomic function and plasma biomarkers.
  • The impact of menopause and Oestrogen Replacement Therapy on cardioprotective mechanisms of remote ischaemic conditioning.
  • BP Variability in acute stroke.

Previous students have presented their work at national and international meetings and some have had their results published in scientific or medical journals.

For more information about possible Intercalated BSc projects in Cardiovascular Sciences, either approach potential supervisors directly or contact Prof Dave Lambert or Dr Dave Lodwick who are members of the College Intercalated BSc Committee. Discussions between interested students and potential supervisors usually take place in the autumn term and applications (for the following September) are submitted in January. However, enquiries are welcome at any time.

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